Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and US actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).
Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the FIPRESCI 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.
Meanwhile, a spotlight dedicated to Edward Norton featured screenings of Primal Fear, Fight Club and Birdman, along with a master class and the actor attending the closing ceremony as a guest of honour.
Highlights included the festival’s screening venture Cinema In Bed where up to three people could share a bed at the open-air venue in Schiller Passage to watch films ranging from La La Land and Deadpool to local films Body and These Daughters of Mine, and a partnership with the Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema on the presentation of five documentaries devoted to culinary themes followed by five-course banquets prepared by top Polish chefs.
The Culinary Cinema programme - the only one in Poland with exclusive rights to the Berlin original and held in the machine room of the former EC1 electricity power station - saw Australian filmmaker Trevor Graham and the US-based director Philippe Mora travelling to Lodz for the presentation of their documentary Monsieur Mayonnaise which inspired a menu by the Warsaw-based chef Robert Skubisz, while Katarzyna Danilowicz, the first female winner of the Polish Top Chef, created a menu after the screening of Vérane Frédiani’s The Goddesses of Food which investigates why there are so few female chefs - Martin Blaney wrote.